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How I changed my life…

THE START OF SOMETHING REMARKABLE …

#365redfaces actually began in October 2015 when I was ‘once and for all’ sick of ‘falling off the band wagon’ and gaining weight again & again!

I likened my weight fluctuations to a roller coaster ride and I was absolutely sick of it!

My health suffered and I started getting sick regularly, plus I made it to within 1kg of my goal weight 3 times over ten years! Whenever I was close to my goal, I’d be super happy and start eating again and quickly fall back into bad habits.

At my heaviest I weighed 120 kilograms (264.5 pounds), however that’s another story!

I was the queen of excuses, but let’s get to the good bit!

In October 2015 I was fortunate enough to attend an absolutely inspiring talk by STEVEN BRADBURY, the LAST MAN STANDING. Steven is the Aussie that won the first ever gold medal at the Winter Olympics.

Back before I was better with selfies this is my attempt, but this is Steven Bradbury and listening to his story at a conference in October 2015 helped me realise I could be more.

Every Aussie knows his ‘story’. The man that was ‘lucky’ enough to WIN gold after all his competitors fell over. We all know what doing the ‘Steven Bradbury’ is. I listened to Steven’s story and learned that he well and truly deserved his gold medal and more, so I decided it was time to call the ‘BRADBURY in ME’ to ACTION!

And so my journey began. I contacted my friend, a personal trainer and invested in 3 sessions a week with her. I didn’t lose any weight for the first two weeks because my diet hadn’t changed.

I started eating better because I didn’t want to WASTE all of my hard work.

By December I had gone from 84kg down to 77 kilos and I went from a 5 in the ‘beep test’ to a 9 in the ‘beep test’. I was fit enough to be in the ARMY!

Nothing could stop me now!

Over Christmas I lost another 2kg and became anxious about the New Year. I wasn’t sure what I was going to commit to for my New Years resolution. I asked my dad what I was good at… and what I was put on this earth for.

My dad responded that I was born with two ears and one mouth but sometimes I got these confused. He’s a bit of a joker but this is true! I really love to talk and I am passionate about being passionate! I thought: If I put my mind to something at WORK and succeed, then why haven’t I met my WEIGHT LOSS GOAL YET?

I was motivated to make 2016 my year!

I decided to see the New Year in by making the BEST decisions for ME! I contacted my personal trainer again and asked her if she would be interested in doing a PT session first thing on NEW YEARS day. She was keen! YES!

Waking bright, fresh, and hangover free (there’s a first for everything! haha) my PT SMASHED me!

We did sprints, boxing, and all sorts of high endurance cardio training.

I was pooped! (buggered)

Christie and I ‘high-fived’ at the end of it (she did the whole workout with me) and I was off to a great start to the year AND my face was BRIGHT RED!

Almost an hour later I was at the local car wash and caught a glimpse of my face in the mirror, and it was STILL RED!

I laughed and thought I’d take a SELFIE. I started thinking about a funny slogan or hashtag to add to it: ‘While you are nursing your hangovers’… or something along these lines… ‘RED FACED is beautiful’… and then I realised I still didn’t have a NEW Years resolution, I felt AMAZING, and I wanted to feel like this every day!

So #365redfaces was born!

To keep accountable and stick to my resolution this time, I decided to be brave and share my journey on Social Media. I chose Instagram as I didn’t have many followers and I didn’t want it to be ‘too much’. I thought I might annoy people if I put a face pic on Facebook every day. With Instagram people could choose if they wanted to follow me or not.

Now just over half way there and my entire life has changed!

I have people I don’t even know following me, and all thanks to a regional newspaper: The Toowoomba Chronicle for noticing a post I made and writing a story about me.

I had started posting on Facebook inviting people to come and get #RedFaced with me once a week. I’ve met some amazing people from this!

Since new year’s day, The Toowoomba Chronicle wrote about me and not long after, a journalist from That’s Life! magazine got in touch to share my story and it’s just becoming more and more amazing!

Here are three articles from the Toowoomba Chronicle:

Article ONE

Article TWO

Article THREE

Not long after, The Warwick Daily News, and the Daily Mail Australia shared my story to their readers.

I now know of people who are choosing to take action to better themselves because of my story.

This is the best result anyone could ask for!

I want to do more and help more people achieve their goals and dreams too!

Everyone is on their own journey. Why don’t you start you own journey today and join my #21redfaces challenge?

I am doing something for ME. What are you doing for YOU?

#LetsGetRedFaced

#IChooseMe

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FIX YOURSELF, DON’T KICK YOURSELF…

Weight Loss, Health,

We all know how expensive it is to buy nutritious food, let alone buying organic food!

So here’s something I think may help you, because it helped me.

When I first started my challenge, I knew I had to eat healthy and nutrient rich food. I also knew I had to make it cheap, cheaper than take-away food.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fiQk63bulU

I sat down and created my meal plan day-by-day. I prepared shopping lists, and created menus combining healthy food into flavourful dishes. Over time, I refined my plan to improve taste and price. Most importantly, I worked out how to reduce the time it took to prepare everything in my plan.

PURCHASE HERE

I don’t have time to fit in a full-time job, get red faced, and prepare gourmet meals. I’m sure that you don’t either.

Instead of trying to reinvent the meal plan, why don’t you use mine? You can use it over and over again, or simply use the first 5 days to FIX YOURSELF when you TREAT YOURSELF xx

I have designed this meal plan based on the five days I completed to get better from an agonising head cold (see above video eeeewww!), and then with a 9 day maintenance plan that consists of the foods I eat today now to fuel my body with the most nutritious food so I can maintain maximum health and well being.

Don’t worry I still enjoy McFlurry’s from McDonalds, and MAX BRENNER EVERYTHING, (yes I have a sweet tooth!) however I have this in moderation. Whenever I eat something that i know is ‘BAD’ I focus on how it makes me feel!

There are so many things in the market these days that are ‘healthy’ alternatives to all of our favourites… so there really aren’t any excuses not to become the BEST version of yourself starting RIGHT NOW!

The First 5 days are quite hard and you may get a headache – I already had a headache when I started mine so be prepared for this as your body will be craving sugar – especially if you drink any type of soft drink! That stuff is the worst!

If you need to cut something out of your diet right now: SOFT DRINK is the first thing that will start changing your life for good! Instead have freshly squeezed juices (make sure they are 100% juice only!) and soda water.

I hope you get as much out of this as I have. My life has completely changed – and of course feel free to start your own accountability journey: #21RedFaces – where I challenge you to get active everyday and post your #Redface selfie on social media – I guarantee your confidence will grow and you will feel great! So many people have already completed this challenge and the feedback is nothing short of amazing!!
21 Red Faces

Thank you so much for believing in me – again I am not a health professional by any means – I have only been to the university of REAL LIFE and I am passionate about Food & Exercise!

CLICK HERE TO GO STRAIGHT TO THE MEAL PLAN

Much Love xx

Brooke

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SKIN ELASTICITY

SKIN ELASTICITY

I GET ASKED ABOUT SKIN ELASTICITY A FAIR BIT,  this is my experience:

Please note: I am not a qualified health practitioner, my advice is what has worked for me and it may not work for you 🙂 I have however studied at the ‘University of Real Life’ majoring in Health & Fitness for over ten years!

Firstly when I decided to get serious about losing weight I was extremely conscious about making sure I wouldn’t get excess skin in the process!

I researched everywhere I could – 10 years ago the internet wasn’t as accessible for me, and I recall going into the school library (where I worked) and reading books about skin elasticity.

I remember when a doctor told me I was eligible for LAP BAND and I left his room in tears. I couldn’t believe I was being offered this. I was in total shock and this was ANOTHER of those moments when I had to accept that the size I was, was REALLY REALLY large.

(It’s funny how I don’t get weighed any more when I go into a doctor’s practice, but I recall they would MAKE me every time when I was large! When I questioned them, I was told it was STANDARD PRACTICE! (Yeah for FAT people!!))

Let’s be honest: I was in denial about my size because I was a happy, bubbly, enthusiastic person. All I ever wanted was for people to love me for me, NOT for how I looked. This mentality was damaging to my success though!

THIS IS WHAT I KNOW AND WHAT I DO:
  1. LOSE WEIGHT SLOWLY – I recommend no more than 1 kilo a week. I can gain 5 kilos in a weekend if I’m really bad, and this is NOT doing me any favours! I can also lose 5 kilo’s in 5 days on my juice detox, again NOT doing me any favours – BUT I’ve done it. If you need to do it too – go for it –  but if you do this EACH & EVERY week, the chances of excess skin will be high. I am also 32 years old, and have read that our skin elasticity starts to deteriorate after 25 years of age. If you are under 25 years old and need to lose weight, I recommend using this knowledge as your motivation! You want to give your body the BEST chance to remain elastic!! Now for all the mummies out there, my mum told me that she used to rub PURE VITAMIN E OIL on her tummy during her pregnancy. Her belly returned to normal after some time. Be patient with it, as this is a signifcant expansion and contraction that your body goes through in the process of the miracle of birth.
  2. EAT FOODS THAT ARE HIGH IN VITAMIN C, MAGNESIUM or OMEGA 3 fats (I’ve read this many times in many articles) I stock my shopping trolley with SUPER FOODS!! I enjoy Baby Spinach ,avocados, berries (Blueberries and raspberries mainly), and Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Olive Oil (extra virgin), Salmon, dried fruit (sometimes) & dark chocolate! YUM!! These are CORE grocery items I eat each week!
  3. EXERCISE – don’t focus on AB exercises to lose ‘excess skin’ – build your core and your overall fitness, I’ve been able to get rid of the flab from my under arms by doing weights and strength training, however the slow weight loss has aided in bringing the definition out and keeping my skin as elastic as possible.  I also detox my body regularly (at least once every 3 months with a nutritional cleanse or juice detox). If you still have ‘flabby’ skin – which I STILL do on my belly, I am focusing on reducing dairy and wheat now and will see over the next few months if I can actually eliminate it once and for all.

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